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Manchester United appoints heralded José Mourinho as manager

Manchester United has ended rather quickly its search for a new manager, announcing on Friday, May 27th that the club has landed José Mourinho. Mourinho takes over an historic franchise that fared poorly last season.

U.S. strikes kill Fallujah's IS commander, dozens more fighters: Coalition

Washington - US-led coalition air and artillery strikes have killed 70 Islamic State fighters in Fallujah, including the jihadists' leader in the Iraqi city, a military spokesman said Friday.

U.S. commandos ordered to remove 'inappropriate' YPG patches

Washington - US special operations forces photographed in Syria wearing the insignia of Kurdish troops considered terrorists by Turkey have been ordered to remove the patches, a military spokesman said Friday.

Op-Ed: Nietes needs to focus on Juan Estrada after clash with Garcia

Longest-reigning Filipino world boxing champion Donnie Nietes is now looking past Mexican Raul Garcia — who is facing him Saturday night in Bacolod City, Philippines — as he aims to clinch a lucrative fight against Juan Francisco Estrada next year.

Sharp begins selling robot-shaped mobile phone

Osaka - Electronics giant Sharp Corporation has started selling the world’s first robot-shaped mobile phone that can walk, dance and talk at a price of about $2,000.

Gang-rape internet video shocks Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian police on Friday were investigating the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl whose attackers boasted about it by posting an online video of her that has horrified the country.

150 U.S.-led air strikes hit IS near Syria's Raqa

Birut - Warplanes from a US-led coalition have conducted at least 150 air strikes on the Islamic State group to bolster a major offensive on the jihadists' Syrian stronghold of Raqa, a monitor said Friday.

23 London Olympic athletes test positive after reanalyzing: IOC

The International Olympic Organizing Committee (IOC) has reanalyzed blood samples from the 2012 London Olympics and found 23 athletes were guilty of using banned substances.

German FM floats possible 'step by step' easing of Russia sanctions

Tallinn - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday floated the possibility of a "step by step" reduction of EU sanctions against Russia if there is headway on ending the conflict in Ukraine.

Ukraine pilot Savchenko 'ready to negotiate with pro-Moscow separatists'

Kiev - Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, freed from a Russian jail this week, said on Friday she is ready to negotiate with pro-Russian separatists on releasing prisoners.

Monsanto turns down Bayer's proposal, still open to negotiations

Monsanto has rejected a $62 billion takeover proposal from German pharmaceutical giant Bayer, calling the bid "incomplete and financially inadequate." However, negotiations still appear to be open.

Hugs and tears: Obama meets A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima

Yokogawa - Two men who suffered horrific injuries in the world's first nuclear strike seven decades ago came face-to-face Friday with the present-day commander-in-chief of the country that launched the attack. And one of them got a hug.

Op-Ed: Libyan unity government decides to honor new money of rival HoR

Bayda - In an incredible reversal of policy, the Presidency Council of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) decided to honor the rival banknotes printed in Russia for the Bayda-based Central Bank of Libya.

Greek archaeologist claims to have found Aristotle's tomb

Greek media reported on Thursday that the tomb of Aristotle has been found in the ancient city of Stagira. The discovery is the culmination of 20 years of digging in Aristotle's birthplace in northern Greece.

Iraq forces fire tear gas as thousands protest in Baghdad

Baghdad - Security forces fired tear gas as thousands of protesters gathered in central Baghdad on Friday and attempted to head to the Green Zone, a fortified area they have breached twice.

'100,000 Syrians trapped' as IS advances near Turkish border

Birut - At least 100,000 people were trapped Friday along Syria's border with Turkey after the Islamic State group swept through rebel territory in Aleppo province, rights groups and activists said.

Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ is still an actor’s playground Special

‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ is exactly what you’d expect in a sequel to such a fantastic story — an even more fantastic tale with a different gimmick.

Turkey enraged by 'unacceptable' US backing of Kurdish militia

Antalya - Turkey on Friday accused its NATO ally the United States of "unacceptable" behaviour after US commandos in Syria were pictured assisting a Kurdish militia that is branded a terror group by Ankara and even wearing their insignia.

Russia to raise military presence on disputed Kuril islands

Moscow - Russia said Friday it was taking unprecedented measures to upgrade its military presence on the far-eastern Kuril islands claimed by Japan, including plans to set up a new base on an uninhabited island.

EU to unveil miitary cooperation plan after Brexit vote

Brussels - The European Union said Friday it will unveil plans for closer military cooperation after Britain's referendum on whether to leave the bloc, but denied they were secret proposals for an EU army.
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